Solid progress for Byrne in USA

The Althea Ducati rider produces one of his best performances of the season on the way to sixth and seventh at Miller Motorsports Park
Shane Byrne gave his ailing World Superbike campaign a small boost with a pair of ascending rides at Miller Motorsports Park.

The former British Superbike champion had hoped to join Althea Ducati team-mate towards the front of the field at Miller Motorsports Park, but after a good performance during free practice, he could only qualify 11th on the grid.

Furthermore, his cause in race one was hampered by Jakub Smrz's expiring Ducati, Byrne forced off the circuit as he hit the oil being emitted from the bike ahead.

Despite this, Byrne fought back valiantly and just as rivals ahead back to struggle with tyre problems towards the end he managed to make up five positions in just four laps to cross the line sixth.

Adding a seventh place finish in race two, Byrne's performance sees him equal his previous best for the season at Portimao, form he hopes he can build on over the remainder of the season.

"The bike felt very good and I was happy with the set-up”, said Shane. “I found that the level of grip varied between race 1 and race 2, it was better in the first. But I've taken some good points and this makes me more determined as we enter the second half of the championship.

Tagged as: Ducati , Althea , Byrne , Miller

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June 02, 2010 1:25 PM

geordie lad,Checa makes EVERYONE look stupid or at least he did this weekend and for that he should have been rewarded with at least one win.I agree with mk1tt16v,i thought Shakey would be better this season and am surprised he's not.

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June 02, 2010 7:22 PM

LOL, he qualified 11th ... on the same bike & in the same team that had the pole with Checa ... & he finished 6th & 7th after a bunch of riders ahead of him fell off or had machine failure ... & that's Shakey's "better weekend". & this 'massive success' in spite of the tyre advantage enjoyed by the Ducati in the latter stages, thanks to their 'underpowered' over capacity twin engines that are easier on their rubber! I call it pathetic, but not an eye opener. Not sure how any rider can be 'happy' with riding around more than 20sec behind his team-mate in both races? Sad ...

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